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California Wildflower Art for Mother’s Day

April 25, 2017

Mother’s day is just around the corner. And if I know moms, there are a couple of gifts that are always winners – flowers and pictures of their grandkids. This year I’m giving both. California is finally out of it’s long draught and we have the most amazing wildflowers this year. I don’t want these pretty images just living on my camera or laptop. I want to be able to enjoy these colorful hillsides all year round. So, I’m gifting some of the wildflower pictures I took a couple weeks ago to my mom and mother-in-law this year.

I’ve teamed up with Mixbook again to bring you another FREE Download and a really awesome discount for Oleander + Palm readers. You guys – keep reading because you all get 60% off Mixbook’s entire site!  Last month I tried out their sleek, modern Acrylic Prints. For Mother’s Day I felt like something a little more classic, like a Framed Canvas Print, would be better for moms. And these canvases are soooo pretty. I’m going to have a hard time giving them away.

I love modern framed canvas prints like these for styling and decorating a bookshelf. With their clean, straight-edged frames, they can easily sit on a shelf. Mixbook offers three frame options for their canvas prints – white, black and espresso. You can also order a canvas print without a frame, but I think the frame instantly elevates the look.

You can download this FREE California Wildflower image HERE! Feel free to print it on a canvas or upload one of your own awesome snaps.

While we are here chatting about art on a bookshelf, I thought I’d share a few tips for styling a good looking #shelfie. I started with a very inexpensive, industrial/storage style shelf. And with the right items, place in the right stops, it looks nice enough for a living room.

  1. Start with big and bulky items on the bottom of the shelf. If you are going to store items in baskets or bins, visually these items feel more balanced if they are placed on the bottom shelves. Also, you really don’t want to be lifting heavier items off and on a top shelf, I would just feel awkward. So, I started with a cute metal basket, filled with pillows and a throw for easy access.
  2. Next, place art pieces on the shelves. I chose to place the field of flowers canvas on the highest shelf, it is definitely above my eye level, but this image is less of a detail shot and can be enjoyed from a distance. The cute picture of Olivia sitting in the flowers is one I want to see a little more up close, so I place it on the middle shelf. This shelf is closer to eye level. Art can be hung on the wall behind the shelf, leaned against the back, or sat upright like these cool framed canvases.
  3. Think horizontal next. Obviously I don’t have a lot of books on this bookshelf, but they still are an important part of styling this shelf. Instead of placing books upright with their spines facing out. Try creating little stacks of books for horizontal interest. Think of these stacks as little risers for pretty objects.
  4. Play with height and depth. On any self, you don’t want all the objects to be the same height. Place shorter objects on the stacks of books to give them a little lift. Try to place objects, that are on the same shelf, all at different heights. Also push taller, bulkier items further to the back of the shelf and layer in shorter, more petite items near the front. It’s ok to overlap items. You don’t want everything all lined up in a row.
  5. Finally, add a little metallic. We’ve played with shapes and colors, now it’s time to think about texture. And a shiny metallic finish can really be the jewelry for a good looking shelfie. I chose to sprinkle in a few shiny brass pieces. I added a little metal calendar to the top shelf, a brass box to the middle, and a vintage candle holder near the bottom.

And what’s a Mother’s Day gift without a thoughtful card (another thing moms are guaranteed to love)? Did you know that Mixbook also has an awesome selection of Mother’s Day Cards, cards for all occasions and even invitations? I made custom cards for the moms in my life with a few of the pretty wildflower images.

You can even add custom text and pictures to the inside of the cards as well. I added one more shot of Olivia to the inside.

Add don’t forget, Mixbook has an AMAZING discount for Oleander + Palm readers. You guys get 60% Sitewide!!!!!! Just enter the code OP60 (offer good until May 30th). You don’t have to use this code on just canvas art, you can order calendars, photobooks, cards, prints in every size and shape, acrylic prints, metal prints and so much more.

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DIY Filing Cabinet Planter

February 23, 2017

DIY Filing Cabinet Planter - convert an old filing cabinet into a sleek, modern planter.

If you didn’t already know, Pinterest is full of great ideas – like nifty DIY Filing Cabinet Planters! I love a good DIY that recycles junk and old furniture. With a few simple steps, I converted a thrift store filing cabinet into this modern, sleek planter. You can check out the full how-to for this DIY Filing Cabinet Planter over on Fiskar’s blog.

We chose to plant some really cool cacti in this cool planter (gloves were 100% necessary).  But, this kind of planter would be great for herbs and flowers as well. We have this planter along side out garage, but with the big industrial castors I added, it can easily be moved around the yard.

DIY Filing Cabinet Planter - convert an old filing cabinet into a sleek, modern planter.

I also played around adding a little pattern to the sides of the planter with some simple vinyl half circles in white and gold. I like the option of being about to remove the pattern if I wanted a cleaner, simpler, all-black look later.

DIY Filing Cabinet Planter - convert an old filing cabinet into a sleek, modern planter. DIY Filing Cabinet Planter - convert an old filing cabinet into a sleek, modern planter.

The warmer weather is definitely welcome here. We are enjoying living more and more of our days outside. This is our first Spring in this house, so it’s been fun to plant new plants and plan out the outdoor space a little as well. Here’s hoping Spring is headed your way as well.

DIY Filing Cabinet Planter - convert an old filing cabinet into a sleek, modern planter.

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DIY Draft Stoppers

January 19, 2017

DIY Draft StoppersDIY Draft Stoppers - keep cold air outside and do it with style!

Ok, this simple little sewing project has been on my to-do list since the weather got cooler. Living in a 100 year old house with original doors and windows, cold and even hot air can easily sneak in. We found that our feet where actually cold in the sunroom with the draft that was coming in under the french doors. So, as a temporary fix, we stuffed towels around windows and doors – YUCK! They were driving me crazy. Doesn’t matter how cute a room is if you have towels on the floors in every room. So, making these draft stoppers was a MUST!

DIY Draft Stoppers - keep cold air outside and do it with style! DIY Draft Stoppers - keep cold air outside and do it with style!

A couple yards of fabric and a huge 20 lb. bag of rice was an inexpensive fix for our old doors and windows.

DIY Draft Stoppers - keep cold air outside and do it with style!

You only have to know how to sew straight lines for this easy project. I chose to make my draft stoppers in a kind of “color black” style. I started by measuring the width of the windows and doors, this would be the length of the draft stoppers. Then I cut 6 inch widths of fabric. You could definitely just make them all one fabric, I just thought if you have to have these in your house, you might as well have a little fun with them. So I joined to contrasting fabrics before I sewed the tube together.

Sew one end and the length of the draft stopper together (good sides together). Turn it the right side out and with a large funnel (you can just make one out of a piece of paper), fill them with rice. Then simply top stitch the open end closed. So easy, right?

So much better then an old towel stuffed up against the door, right?

DIY Draft Stoppers DIY Draft Stoppers

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Happy New Year!

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year friends. I hope you had a great holiday. We did. It was so fun to host my family here this year. I’m just popping in to say hey and then kind of good-bye for a little while.

Well, can’t say I’m sad to say good-bye to 2016. I’m ready for a fresh start. I’ve been sick for the last couple of days, so I feel like I’m moving slowly into this year and not with the usual energy that I have. And that’s ok, it’s given me some time to plan and dream for this new year.

In the past, I’ve picked a word for the year. But, this year I’m kind of stumped on finding one word to focus on. Maybe because I don’t have good goals set for the year yet. But, I do have a lot of things I want to accomplish. Last year was kind of a blur, and I felt really way too busy and scattered. So, I’ve decided to take a the month of January off from writing blog posts. I do have a few things scheduled that will definitely be posted in this month, but I just need a little time to gather my thoughts, organize my life and get a clear picture of where I’m headed. This feels like a stupid thing to do for my business, but to be 100% honest, it’s such a good decision for my personally. I’m just plain old tired and burnt out. I’m hoping to find ways to stretch myself creatively without the pressure of having to share it on the blog. Like I’d love to paint and draw more.

I’ll still plan to post often on Instagram and I have a lot to say over on Instagram Stories probably too much, so you can still follow along there.

Maybe the idea of turning 40 this year has me feeling a little overwhelmed. I’m not super excited by the thought of being 40 – yuck! How did I get this old? But, there are a few things I want to attempt this year. I’m not calling them resolutions, but that’s really kind of what they are.

  1. I watched the Minimalism documentary and while none of the concepts are new to me, it has inspired me and I have a plan for this year. And I think I’ve convinced my family to join me. I’ve decided to buy no new clothing all year!!! Yep, what we own right now is it! It’s a good time to start, everyone just got new socks in the stockings. Really I don’t own a lot of clothes and really I’d love to own less. I’d really just like to have a capsule wardrobe for each season. Come Summer, I may need a new bra, and that is the exception I’ll make. But, if there is anything that we REALLY need, I’m sure we can find it at a thrift store. It’s going to be a challenge with growing kids, but I’m excited to try.
  2. Whole 30! I’m back on it. This is the 3rd year in a row I’ve started the year with Whole 30. I’m planning on finishing 30 days and then see if I want to keep going. It’s a great way to reset and broaden my healthy recipe repertoire. I’m the only one taking on this challenge, but most dinners at our house will be Whole 30 this month. (I’m going to share a lot of the food I’m making on Instagram Stories, if you are interested.)
  3. More hikes! It’s my favorite form of exercise, so I’m pushing my family to go on at least one hike per week. I got new approach shoes for Christmas, so I’m excited to put some miles on them.
  4. This year will see a lot of painting our new house. I will be working my way from room to room in this house and hopefully we will be able to tackle the outside as well.
  5. Get our Guesthouse Airbnb up and running! I really want this to be successful and hopefully help us earn a little extra cash. (I have an update post coming your way this week.)
  6. I want to find more peace and joy in the present and not always be aiming for bigger and better. I also want to set some more reasonable work hours for myself. So, I don’t feel like I never have any down time. I’m sure it won’t happen, but I’m going to keep it in the back of my mind and give myself permission to stop from time to time.
  7. And then there are a bunch of business goals I want to tackle. I won’t bother you with them here. But, I want to push myself and expand in a few ways. I want to try more video content and I want to have a little more fun with my photography.

Well, that’s a very disjointed list of random ideas. But, that’s what’s going on in my head right now. Maybe at the end of January I’ll have more direction and more plans and dreams for the year. I hope you’ll stick with me while I figure things out this month. Come February, I’ll be back and stronger and more inspired then ever, well that’s the hope at least.

What are some of your goals and plans for this new year?

 

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Mocktail Recipe Calendar

December 22, 2016

Mocktail Calendar

You know I’m a fan of the mocktail. They give me a chance to mix up some yummy drinks that can be enjoyed anytime of the day and be kids of all ages. Cocktail drinkers don’t have to have all the fun, mocktails can be sophisticated and unique.

I’ve taken some of my favorite mocktail recipes and printed them in a calendar with Mixbook. Now I have a year of mocktail recipe ideas ready to go, one for each month. During this holiday season, there are a lot parties and get-togethers to go to. I like to take a hostess gift that is maybe handmade or at least customized in someway. If you’ve ever thrown a party, they are a lot of work, and a hostess gift is such a pleasant surprise to receive. This year I’m packaging up this beautiful 12×12″ calendar with all the ingredients to one of my mocktail recipes – the Pineapple Rosemary Spritzer.

Mocktail Calendar made with Mixbook

Simple syrup is so easy to make and if you fill a pretty bottle and tie a little rosemary sprig to the outside, it’s instantly fancy. And you know how I love faking fancy.

Mocktail Recipe Calendar made the Mixbook

Mixbook has gorgeous layouts and designs for creating one-of-a-kind calendars. I chose a clean modern white layout so that all my mocktail pictures could shine. With tones of customizable options, it was easy to find a design that allowed me to share an image and recipe for each month of the year. These calendars are made with beautiful heavy paper and each month has a generous calendar spread, that gives you lots of room to fill in important dates and appointments.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

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Tis’ the season for giving and Mixbook has the most beautiful personalized photo products to give to your family and friends this holiday season. They offer the most customizable photo products- like books, home decor, calendars and more.

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DIY Touch of Gold Modern Wreaths

December 21, 2016

DIY Touch of Gold Wintery Greens Wreaths

I’m still decking the halls, or at least trying to. This has been such a frazzled holiday season for me. And like usual, I had all these hopes and expectations of what Christmas would look like in our new home. This is one of the first years that we haven’t had to travel for the holidays, so I had imaged all these wonderful memories being made in our new home. But, instead, it kind of doesn’t feel like Christmas at all. Ya sure, we have a tree. But, I’m just running from task to task and feeling like I’m actually not accomplishing anything at all. I had hoped to throw a big holiday open house – nope, that didn’t happen. I wanted to have all sorts of cookies baked by now – nope, just one dozen in the freezer. I was really wanting to spend some time making our new mantle look off-the-hook Christmasy – nope, it’s just a bunch of random things that really don’t go together. And I could complain some more, but I won’t. This morning I decided I can’t wish for the what-ifs and all the things that haven’t happened, instead I’m choosing JOY! I know the real reason for the season and I have a lot to be grateful for. I determined to make the most of what’s left of this Christmas season. Yes, I still have lots of work to do, but I’m just going to try to power through it the next couple of days and focus on all the good things in my life. And tonight, I’m going to bake some cookies, even if it’s at 2:00 AM. I don’t know, can you relate? I don’t want to be disappointed this Christmas, I want my family to have fun memories this year.

DIY Wintery Green WreathsDIY Gold Wintery Green Wreath

So, even though my to-do this is super long, and I really should be sanding floors or something more productive. I decided to take some time this weekend to make some modern wreaths to hang in our windows. And because it’s the holidays, a little gold is always a good idea. Last year, I friend and I made about a dozen wreaths similar to these with eucalyptus we foraged from our neighborhood. I’ve been wanting to make more this year, so I just did it and I’m super

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 16″ brass hoops
  • Design Master Gold Medal Spray Paint
  • Florist’s Wire
  • Winter Greenery (I bought a $4.99 bunch from Trader Joes to make all three wreaths)
  • Large Jingle Bells
  • Wire snips or heavy duty scissors

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Start by laying out branches to get a general idea of how you’d like the wreath to look. I kept mine all very sparse and kind of asymmetrical.

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Begin wiring on the branches. Try to tuck the wire in under leaves and needles to hide it as you wrap up the branch.

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Layer on more branches as needed.

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Starting at the center point of the wreath and spray on a even thin coat of gold spray paint work out towards the ends of the branches. Leave the ends their natural green and feather out the paint so that there isn’t a harsh line where the gold paint ends.

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Design Master paints are perfect for jobs like this. This paint goes on in even, light coats that can be layered. It also dries super fast.

DIY Gold Winter Greenery Wreath DIY Gold Winter Greenery Wreath

Using a little more florist’s wire, wire on the jingle bells to cover the mess of visible wire in the center of the wreath.

DIY Modern Gold Winter Greenery Wreaths DIY Modern Gold Winter Greenery WreathsDIY Modern Gold Winter Greenery Be sure to check out the some of the other fun DIYs I’ve created using Design Master Spray Paint – 3 Tiered Hanging PlanterDIY Modern Decorative PlatesDIY Faux Copper VaseDIY Ombre Give Thanks BannerMetallic Dipped Taper CandlesDala Horse Salt Dough Ornaments, DIY Ombre Shoes and Laces and the Gold Dipped Yarn Hanging.

I buy my Design Master paints and my local Michaels. Design Master paints can paint the most delicate of surfaces, such as silk and fresh flowers, fabric, ribbon, tulle, lace, paper, foam board and Stryrofoam TO the sturdy hard surfaces such as wood, metal, masonry, terra cotta, ceramics and plaster. Design Master is a great resource for products and ideas.  Be sure to check out all the craft and project ideas on their blog.

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DIY Gold Wintery Greens Wreath

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The Making of the O + P Guest House

December 13, 2016

So, if you follow me on instagram, I’ve mentioned that we are working on a really fun project. We are renovating a small apartment attached to our garage and making it into a really cool Guest House. It is just a one room studio with bathroom and a good sized closet. But, it’s going to be a really comfortable, stylish little guest house for our friends and family and also hopefully a little extra income as we will be listing it on Airbnb. I’ve partnered with one of my favorite companies, AllModern, to give this space a top notch look. I’m so excited about the details in this space – the lighting, furniture, fixtures, tile and accessories are OFF-THE-HOOK! (Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing the design plan with you very soon.) You guys, I think I might move out there when it’s finished. I’ll take Lonnie, but I think we’ll leave the kids in the main house (tee hee).

So, this has been a little bit of a “can of worms” situation, kind of like any old house renovation is. You get started thinking that this should be a totally doable project, and then after repairing termite damage to most of the floor joists and running all new water and plumbing lines, you are so deep into it that there is no turning back. I’m lucky to have a family that is very handy. My dad and brother Joash, who both helped us with our last house renovation, are the kind of experts that you need to know. Joash has actually been living with us for the last month and half and tirelessly repairing, replacing and rebuilding the space. We’ve loved having him around and he’s also very handy at picking up and dropping off 3 kids to 3 different schools (just saying). We will really never be able to repay him for all he has done. This is way over our DIY skill set. He’s done an amazing amount of structural work to this little space, and while it still looks very unfinished, we now know that it has a solid foundation and sturdy walls.

The bathroom plumbing had all been cut off, cement poured down, or removed many many years ago. So we hired a plumber to run new lines from the main house and install a new hot water heater. This was a pretty big chunk of change, but this much plumbing was definitely more then we could handle on our own.

This has been a big project, but I think it’s going to have a big pay off when we have a beautiful Guest House to welcome guests to. I hope you’ll follow along on the progress. (This is the messiest part of the process, pretty pictures to come.)

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Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

November 29, 2016

Do you have a small space that won’t allow for a full Christmas tree?  Or maybe you just want to add a little more Holiday cheer to another room in your house. This simple, but beautiful Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree might be a fun project for you. It’s make a big statement without taking up any floor space in your home.

With the right tools, a few supplies from the hardware store, foraged winter greens, some bright red berries and about an hour of your time, you’ll have a pretty new addition to your holiday decor. This easy-to make triangle frame can be disassembled and stored away neatly for future Christmases.

Modern Triangle Wall Tree

Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

Start by measuring the wood to 2 lengths of 40 inches and one at 27 inches. Cut the three pieces with a saw.

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With a 1/4″ bit, drill holes on each end of the wood centered and 1/2 inch from the end.

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Line up the corners of the triangle and fasten them together with the bolt, washer and nut.

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Now it’s time to gather some greenery and berries.  Using my new PowerGear2 Fiskars Pruners and Fiskars Lopper (25″) I cut healthy green branches from my Cedar tree. These pruners are the best. They are easy to hold and cut through thick woody branches like butter.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

Once you think you have enough greenery, trim off the woody ends and lay out the branches on the triangle frame to determine if you have enough.  This tree only took about 3 large branches from my tree.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

Starting in one of the bottom corners, begin wiring on the branches, layering a generous amount on top of each other. Lay all the branches in the same direction.  Lay the 2 sides of the triangle with the branches pointing up.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

This bright pop of red really makes this tree.  I got these berries from my local florist, they are called . Using the Fiskars Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip to trim off all the leaves so that I was just left with bunches of berries.  These sharp little snips are perfect for detail work like this.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

As you can see, I really just added the berries kind of randomly.  I didn’t want it to look too uniform, I wanted it to look a little more organic.  So, every 5-6 inches, I wired in the berries along with the greenery, making sure to tuck the stems in behind the greenery.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

To make things a little easier, work with shorter pieces (about 1 yard) of wire at a time and join the piece together by simply twisting the ends together.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

And that’s it!  So easy right?  These greens and berries should last at least 2-3 weeks, kind of like any other fresh wreath or garland. The cooler it is, the longer it will last. They will dry out some, but it will still be a pretty.

Because this is so light weight, you only need a small picture hanger or even just a 3M Command Strip if you don’t want to make a hole in the wall.

When Christmas is over, simply cut the wire and remove all the greenery and berries. Unfasten the bolts and store the three sides of the triangle away till next year. I love a project that can be used over and over.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas TreeDIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas TreeDIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas TreeThis post is sponsored by Fiskars, thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible. 

Hey, and if you like today’s post, be sure to also check out this gorgeous Summer Floral Arrangement and this Scandinavian Wooden Bead Icicle Garland I created in collaboration with Fiskars.

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Scandinavian Wooden Bead Icicle Garland

November 17, 2016

_beaded garland 16I know Thanksgiving is just one week away, but I think it’s ok to start planning your Christmas decorations. And the mantel is a great place to start.

There really is nothing prettier then simple, and uncluttered, as far as I’m concerned. I’m trying to be all about the “less is more”. If you’ve read my blog for a while now, I can’t get enough of everything Scandinavian, no one does clean, minimal design better. Inspired by all the pretty blond wood tones that Scandinavian design uses, I created this simple Wooden Bead Icicle Garland.

This no-fuss wintery garland is easy to make and the eucalyptus smells so good. I kind of want to keep these wooden bead icicles up all year.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Seeded Eucalyptus (available at the florist or just growing everywhere in my neighborhood)
  • Pine or Spruce sprigs (I used branches that had a few baby pine cones on them)
  • PowerGear2 Fiskars Pruners, Fiskars Lopper (25″), and Fiskars Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip
  • 1/4″ thick color piping or rope (available at the craft or fabric store)
  • 24 gauge Florist Wire
  • Wooded beads in a variety of sizes and shapes (I used about 8 dozen beads, the largest being 2 inches and the smallest 1/4 inch in diameter)
  • 3 push-pin tacks or 3 3M Command Strips Hooks
  • A large needle
  • White crochet thread

_beaded garland 23To start, you will want to measure your mantel for the length of the garland.  Using the 1/4″ rope, decide how long you want it to hang on the sides and also account for the swags along the top of the mantel. I made my garland to dip just twice._beaded garland 5Using the PowerGear2 Fiskars Pruners and Fiskars Lopper (25″) trim a lot of branches of eucalyptus. I trimmed mine from a neighbors tree and the long handles of the Lopper made it easy to my to reach taller, thicker branches of foliage._beaded garland 6I used the Pruners to trim away parts of the branches that didn’t have very many leaves.  These Pruners are one of the best tools I own. They are easy to grip and the non-stick blade cuts through thick branches with ease._beaded garland 8Starting at one end of the rope, I wired on a branch of eucalyptus with the foliage falling away from the end of the rope. Every couple inches, I added in another brand, laying them all the same direction, and wired them all tightly to the rope. I used enough foliage to be sure the rope was hidden and out of site._beaded garland 9Working with pieces of florist wire that are about a yard or two in length is the easiest.  You are less likely to get tangled in the leaves and branches.  And when you need more length, simply twist the two ends of the wire together to secure._beaded garland 10Next I trimmed about 8-10 sprigs of pine that had pine cones on it.  These were not big pieces, most were about 6 inches in length. Then, before I wired in the pine sprigs, I hung the eucalyptus garland on the mantel with just 3 tacks to secure in the middle and the 2 ends. I wanted to get an idea of how the piece hung and then attach the pine sprigs where they would be visible.

Using short, 5 inch, pieces of wire, I attached the pine sprigs to the garland._beaded garland 11Next I worked on my wooden bead icicles._beaded garland 4Start by cutting a 3 foot length piece of crochet thread. I love the Pruning Snips for jobs like this. They are super versatile and can go from cutting branches to snipping thread with ease._beaded garland 2Lay out your beads in the desired pattern.  I worked from biggest to smallest to create an icicle effect. Using the large needle, thread the smallest bead on and place it in the center of the length of thread._beaded garland 1Then re-thread the needle onto both ends of the thread and thread on a second bead._beaded garland 3Continue threading on all the beads.  I made 3 icicles for my mantel.  I simply tied them onto the tack that was securing the garland to the mantel.

Then I created to more beaded strands to hang in between the icicles. And again,  I tied them to the tacks I had placed in the top of the mantel._beaded garland 20_beaded garland 17

And now the halls are decked!

_beaded garland 13This post is sponsored by Fiskars, thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible. 

Hey, and if you like today’s post, be sure to also check out this gorgeous Summer Floral Arrangement I created in collaboration with Fiskars.

 

 

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DIY Thanksgiving Decorations with Cricut

November 4, 2016

I’m sure you all know now that I am a huge fan of the Cricut. Even before I was a blogger, I used my Cricut to cut all kinds of fun things for my home and parties. Remember, I even got to design some content for the Gold machine sold at Jo-Ann Stores. It’s such a great tool to have as a DIYer and maker. And every season Cricut creates amazing new projects and designs. For Thanksgiving, there is a brand new series of projects and I wanted to try them all. So, with a big stack of cardstock and a little glue, I decorated a whole Thanksgiving table.

DIY Thanksgiving Decorations made with card stock and Cricut.

Instead of traditional oranges, reds and browns, I chose a softer more muted color palette. Each of these projects, has tiny detailed patterns and cuts that I’d never be able to achieve with scissors.

DIY Thanksgiving Decorations made with card stock and Cricut.

This series has so many pretty details. I love the intricate leaves. Here’s the direct links to each of the projects.  These are all Make-it-Now projects, so they are just one click away from cutting.

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Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? How are you planning on setting your table? Are there colors and patterns that you are drawn to? I know my table is going to have lots of fresh flowers.  I’m not a florist, but I do enjoy playing with flowers and greenery.

DIY Thanksgiving Decorations made with card stock and Cricut.